Bionz XR - finally!!!!!!!!!!!

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Bionz XR - finally!!!!!!!!!!!
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The press text of a german news outlet just leaked

https://www.sonyalpharumors.com/german-sony-a7siii-press-text-leaked-price-is-4200-euro/#disqus_thread

And while the A7S III might be big news for video people there is also huge news for all general Sony shooters:

"The sensor is supported by the new BIONZ-XR processor, which is said to have eight times as much computing power as the previous image processor."

We finally have a new processor!

Just now? didn't Sony update the processor regularly?

No, they actually didn't and still use the same Bionz X they used in the very first A7. There were basically two generations of Sony cameras

-Original Bionz: A7, A7S, A7R, A7II, A7S II, A7R II

-Same Bionz Updated Front End LSI: A9, A99 II, A7 III, A7R III, A7R IV, A9 II

What can we expect from that?

Sony has currently a ton of processing limitations with the current processor. Even though they did an amazing job squeezing the last bit of performance out of the old one with every new generation. That means we could/ will see

-New video codecs / framerates. Finally, the days of the 100mbit H.264 encoder are over

-New downsampling power in camera. The old LSI could barely downsample 24MP at 30p

-Internal Pipeline speed improvements. Current cameras aren't actually limited by the card write speed but by the compression speed of the internal JPEG and RAW engine. Cameras like the A7R V and A9 III will finally be no longer limited by their JPEG engine

-Laggy interface fix. The reaction time to input will hopefully improve

-New card formats/interface

-New EVF resolution/ readout speed [The 9Million dot 0.9x EVF of the A7S III seems like a good indication]

-Fix of the viewfinder lag during AF or continuous shooting

-Maybe brought back software features [the app system left with the entrance of the new LSI] maybe now resources are left again for more gimmick features

-Probably a lot more processing headroom for future AF and AI tracking algorithms

What do you hope and expect from the new processor? And do you think that like last time Sony will use the same processor for the whole lineup of cameras?

Sony a7 Sony a7 III Sony a7R Sony a7R II Sony a7R III Sony a7S Sony a7S II Sony a9 Sony a99 II
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